This course is designed for general practitioners who wish to build on the knowledge gained from the Professional Certificate and Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology. There will be a greater focus on difficult and complex cases in general dermatology. The importance of accurate screening and the rules to avoid missing melanoma are also essential learning. Submission and analysis of medical practitioners’ own cases are a key feature of this course.
This course is the final part of the three-part Professional Diploma of General Dermatology. The education pathway is Professional Certificate of General Dermatology, Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology and Professional Diploma of General Dermatology.
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The Professional Diploma of General Dermatology is designed for medical professionals who wish to build upon their dermatological knowledge to accurately screen all patients with skin concerns in primary care. Participants can expect to develop the most advanced clinical skillset and critical awareness of dermatology principles and treatment options, with a greater focus on difficult and complex cases. The course is suitable for general practitioners, International Medical Graduates, and degree-qualified nurses and dermal therapists who work under the supervision of a general practitioner. Participants must have completed the Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology (or
Recognition of Prior Learning
Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be
The course offers richly illustrated clinical examples and opportunities for interactive discussions on the cases provided and covers various dermatology conditions.
The theory sessions cover:
- Bites (animals, snakes and insects)
- Skin ulcers, pressure sores and wound care
- Pregnancy dermatoses
- Oral mucosal diseases
- Urticaria and drug eruptions
- Nutritional dermatoses and delusions of parasitosis
- Sexually transmitted infections and HIV
- Vulvar skin diseases
Course participants will:
- Have the opportunity to replay video lectures from medical experts.
- Participate in discussions of patient cases, evaluate and make decisions.
- Receive a comprehensive course folder and research/readings in the field.
- All presentation slides available for download.
- Participate in course webinars prior to the examinations and ask questions.
- Receive unlimited and ongoing access to free alumni learning resources, video lectures, and discussion forums, as well as invite-only events and special offers after completion of the course.
- Receive ongoing post-course support through webinars and case reviews.
- Have the opportunity to participate in optional clinical attachments at dedicated dermatology facilities.
Module 1: Bites: animals, snakes and insects - Caterina Longo
In this module you will learn to recognise venomous and non-venomous bites and stings, and manage allergic reactions. You will learn to identify the causes of common bites, how to recognise the creature causing the bites and the recommended treatment for these conditions.
Module 2: Skin ulcers, pressure sores and wound care - Daniel Stulberg
In this module you will learn to manage pressure injuries, recognise skin ulcers, identify high risk patients, and manage would care. You will learn to develop a patient-centred, multidisciplinary team approach for pressure, diabetic or venous ulcers.
Module 3: Pregnancy dermatoses - Christopher Ross
In this module you will learn to recognise physiologic changes and conditions that can occur during pregnancy. You will learn to identify different conditions that exist or develop over the course of a pregnancy and how to manage these presentations.
Module 4: Oral mucosal diseases - Richard Usatine
In this module you will learn to recognise conditions of the tongue, oral mucosa and lips. You will learn to identify and develop management systems for oral ulcers, lichen planus, pemphigus vularis, leukplakia, cancer, and Kaposi’s sarcoma.
Module 5: Urticaria and drug eruptions - Daniel Stulberg
In this module you will learn to identify drug eruptions and distinguish between erythema multiforme, Steven-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis. You will learn how to manage treatment of chronic urticaria.
Module 6: Nutritional dermatoses and delusions of parasitosis - Christopher Ross
In this module you will learn about malnutrition, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and the effects of these on the human body. You will learn how to identify patients with obesity dermatoses and delusions of parasitosis and how to manage these conditions.
Module 7: Sexually transmitted infections and HIV - Richard Usatine
In this module you will learn how to identify and diagnose the different cutaneous manifestations of STIs and HIV. You will learn how to develop a treatment strategy to manage these conditions.
Module 8: Vulvar skin diseases - Caterina Longo
In this module you will learn how to identify pigmented lesions and inflammatory skin diseases related to the vulva. You will learn to diagnose difficult lesions and how to recognise and manage conditions such as melanosis and seborrheic keratosis.
Prof Richard P. Usatine
Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Texas, USA
Founder and medical director of the University Health System Skin Clinic in San Antonio, USA
Professor Richard Usatine is the Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Texas. He is the author of nine books and over 120 papers, founder of the Interactive Dermatology Atlas on the web, and is the most recognised skin cancer presenter in the USA. Since 2000, he has been chosen yearly by his peers to be included in The Best Doctors in America. He is also the national chair of the yearly Skin Course put on by the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is the founder and medical director of the University Health System Skin Clinic in San Antonio.
Richard has been involved in Global Health through his work in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Haiti and Ethiopia. In 2000, Richard Usatine was recognised as the national recipient of the Humanism in Medicine Award, by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
A/Prof Caterina Longo
Scientific Coordinator, Skin Cancer Unit, ASMN-IRCCS, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Associate Professor Caterina Longo is a board-certified dermatologist specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers. Although providing the best care possible for patients remains her primary goal, she also committed to education and clinical research. She is actively involved in clinical research and has published numerous papers on topics related to skin cancer with an emphasis on melanoma, atypical nevi, Spitz/Reed nevi and non-melanoma skin cancer.
Caterina’s research interests are focused on the use of imaging instruments such as dermoscopy and confocal laser microscopy to recognise skin cancer early in its development. She pioneered the use of ex vivo fluorescence confocal microscopy for micrographic Mohs surgery applied for basal cell carcinoma and other visceral tumours. Caterina frequently lectures on these topics both nationally and internationally.
Dr Christopher Ross
BMBS, BSc(BiomedSc)(Hons), FACD – Dermatologist
Dr Christopher Ross is a graduate of Flinders Medical Centre and trained in dermatology in South Australia with experience in all major dermatology specialist units. He commenced work with Darwin Dermatology in Tiwi in February 2017.
Christopher visits multiple rural locations in South Australia in addition to Western Hospital, Henley Beach for private clinics. He also holds visiting dermatology specialist positions at Flinders Medical Centre and Repatriation General Hospital in South Australia.
Christopher’s interests include general dermatology (eczema, acne, psoriasis and inflammatory dermatology), as well as drug eruptions, infections, paediatric dermatology, hair and nail disorders, and skin cancer medicine.
Dr Daniel Stulberg
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This Professional Diploma of General Dermatology is delivered online in eight modules. Participants can enjoy the flexibility to study at their own pace, in their own time, within their home or office, and on their favourite mobile device. The modules are set up in such a way that participants are not required to be online at specific times but can view and replay the video lectures at their convenience. The two webinars scheduled half way through the course and prior to the exam period, offer the opportunity to join, ask questions and interact with the presenters online in real-time but can also be viewed later. There are no face-to-face requirements for exams which can be conveniently completed online within nine months from the start of the course. With no travel, accommodation or out-of-office expenses incurred, participants can build critical skills and tailor their career while working in a busy practice or raising a family.
The course is delivered in one trimester (15 weeks) with 12 weeks of teaching followed by three weeks for revision and final examinations. The course includes online presentations from experts in the field followed by patient case discussions and decision-making. There is a final webinar where participant questions are answered prior to the examinations.
The course includes:
- All presentation slides available for download.
- Access to additional learning resources, reference materials and video lectures.
- Reading list with references to peer-reviewed journal articles to keep up-to-date with developments in the field.
- 12 month web-based support with the opportunity to ask the instructors questions while you implement your learning.
In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes professional requirements and two online examinations.
- Develop a report/explanation of how the learning from this course will help you with your professional development.
- Complete a literature review of three articles nominated by the course chair.
- Complete a clinical audit (separately accredited) to demonstrate application of learning.
- 120 knowledge multiple choice questions based on a scenario of a medical practitioner undertaking special interest training.
- 120 authentic scenario based questions based on cases of patient care at a clinic
- Example: A patient arrives at your clinic with this problem … What should you do? Multiple choice images based on patient cases.
The pass mark for each exam is 80 per cent. It is therefore not possible to pass this course on knowledge alone. Knowledge must be successfully applied to patient cases in order to pass the course.
HealthCert recommends completion of all requirements at your convenience within nine months of the commencement of the course.
Upon successful completion of the exam, course participants will receive a certificate and 40 RACGP Category 1 points / 30 ACRRM PRPD points.
RACGP and ACRRM points pending. RACGP and ACRRM have revised their accreditation processes and recognitions will be updated as soon as they are received.
This professional diploma certificate:
- Provides CPD points from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
- Provides PRPD points from the Australian Council of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
- Is recognised by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP).
- Is recognised by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). The HKCFP recognises all courses
endorsed by the RACGP. Points are calculated differently.
- Is a self-submitted activity in Dubai. The number of CPD points must be stated on the certificate. Please contact PLD@dhcr.gov.ae for more information.
- Is a self-submitted activity in the UK. CPD events overseas, applicable to a doctor’s scope of practice, may be submitted for revalidation. Please confirm with your Responsible Officer.
- Is a self-submitted activity in Canada through the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Category 1 points are reported as certified and Category 2 points are reported as non-certified. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Meets World Federation of Medical Education standards.
- Is quality-assured by Bond University.
recognisedby the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). The HKCFP recognisesall courses endorsed by the RACGP. Points are calculated differently.
- Provides credit for Postgraduate Diploma in General Dermatology which is studied online at the Rila Institute of Health Sciences which in turn provides credit for a Master of Science in Dermatology awarded by the University of Plymouth (UK).
- Has been independently developed with subject specialists and does not receive education grants from any pharmaceutical company.
This pathway is suitable for doctors who are mainly interested in clinical academic study.
Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology studied through the Rila Institute of Health Sciences and awarded by the University of Plymouth (UK).
There are three modules in the Postgraduate Diploma. Medical professionals who successfully complete the HealthCert Professional Certificate of General Dermatology, Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology and Professional Diploma of General Dermatology will be eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) for module 3 of the Rila Institute/Plymouth University Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology.
The Postgraduate Diploma is mainly delivered online. No practical workshops will be required due to the APCL from the HealthCert qualifications. Overall there will be a time saving of 40 per cent of the postgraduate program due to the APCL. Exams will be held in Perth, Western Australia.
When the Postgraduate Diploma has been successfully completed, medical professionals can apply for credit from the Postgraduate Diploma to the Master of Science in the specialism awarded by the University of Plymouth.
Upcoming intakes are 6 February 2019 and 24 September 2019. For more information, please click here.
Certified Clinical Attachments Pathway
Upon completion of the Professional Certificate of General Dermatology, participants can complete a Dermatology Clinical Attachment to increase the safety and accuracy of their work. Clinical Attachments in Dermatology are currently available at the University of Vienna under the supervision of Professor Harald Kittler.
Course graduates may also join the International Society of Dermatology (ISD).